How to Apply

ACTCM has a rolling admissions policy, which means that we accept applications for the DAOM program throughout the year. Due to limited space in each cohort, the College strongly encourages candidates to apply early. Classes begin every May and September.

We have created a side-by-side comparison chart to help you find the degree program that is right for you.

This chart highlights the requirements, goals and the differences among all of our programs, including the first professional degrees (MSTCM, DACM), the transitional doctorate (DACMt) and the postgraduate doctorate (DAOM).

International Student Information 
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Semester Application Deadline
Summer 2018 Semester April 1, 2018
Fall 2018 Semester August 1, 2018

 

-A completed ACTCM Health Certificate will be required upon acceptance. Applications submitted after the application deadline will still be considered. Priority, however, is given to those individuals whose applications are received before the official deadline.

-Applications submitted after the application deadline will still be considered. Priority, however, is given to those individuals whose applications are received before the official deadline.

Entry Requirements

To enter the Doctorate of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM), you must have completed the following requirements before applying:

  1. Graduation from an accredited program (or candidate for accreditation) in Oriental Medicine, or foreign equivalent.*
  2. OR A minimum of 10 years documented experience, plus formal college training in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Applicants must provide ACTCM with official transcripts and may need to take challenge examinations in areas identified by the Admissions Committee.
  3. Good academic and financial standing at the last institution attended.
  4. Demonstrated competency in English, or a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based (PBT) TOEFL test for international students.

*Approval status for the foreign equivalency of each institution will be determined by the Admissions Committee.

Admissions Requirements

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions about admissions, please contact our admissions counselor:

Yu-Wen Chiu
(415) 401-0464
ACTCMadmissions@ciis.edu

Admissions Requirements:

A completed ACTCM Application Form

Application fee ($65)

There is a non-refundable $65 fee required with your application. Payments can be made online when submitting your application.

Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended

Submit official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes and sent to:

ACTCM Admissions Office
455 Arkansas Street
San Francisco 94107

Or have electronic official transcripts emailed to daom@ciis.edu  

Transcripts from institutions outside the US or Canada require a foreign credit evaluation through World Education Services (WES).

Copies of all medical license(s)

Submit medical licenses (if applicable) to:

ACTCM Admissions Office
455 Arkansas Street
San Francisco 94107

Or scan and email them to daom@ciis.edu

2 Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who have been teachers, mentors, supervisors, or other professionals (other than relatives and friends) and should specifically address the candidate's potential as a doctoral student. Submit either the DAOM Letter of Recommendation Form or letters written by your recommenders. 

Please have letters sent directly from your recommenders and either emailed to daom@ciis.edu or mailed to:

ACTCM Admissions Office
455 Arkansas Street
San Francisco 94107

Case Study

Please include references and citations in your case study and use the sample case below to complete your case study. 

General information: 38 year-old male
Chief complaints: insomnia and palpitations for two (2) years
History of present illness: the patient has been suffering from insomnia and palpitations for the past 2 years. Other symptoms include irritability, hot flashes and abnormal sweats, blurred vision and excess thirst. Recently, the patient has recurrent canker sores, a dry cough, and frequent urination with burning sensations. He also experiences sexual dysfunction characterized by premature ejaculation. His appetite is good, but recently tends to be constipated.
Tongue: red body and tip with thin, yellow and dry coat
Pulse: rapid, bowstring with strength, weak in chi positions
Physical examination: red eyes and complexion with moist skin. He is a talkative person with a tendency to exaggerate. He is also agitated and hyperactive.

Please answer the following areas in depth. Your response should be no less than 5 pages and no more than 7 pages. Case studies must be typed and double spaced.

  • Diagnosis, both Eastern and Western
  • Acupuncture points and specific techniques
  • TCM Treatment Principle
  • Herbal formula and modification
  • Referrals, lab test or other medical specialties
  • Dietary and lifestyle recommendations
  • Other recommendations

Please email to daom@ciis.edu or mail to:

ACTCM Admissions Office
455 Arkansas Street
San Francisco 94107

A current resume

Please submit a complete resume with this application. Include the following information, if applicable:

  • Education and post-graduate training
  • Work history and professional experience
  • Professional and health care licenses received
  • Research

Please email to daom@ciis.edu or mail to:

ACTCM Admissions Office
455 Arkansas Street
San Francisco 94107

A Statement of Purpose essay

Please submit a typed, double-spaced essay of approximately 500 words in response to the following questions:

  • Discuss the personal and professional reasons that have led you to pursue a graduate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Why do you wish to study at ACTCM specifically?
  • What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience, both personally and professionally?
  • What do you hope to contribute to the ACTCM community?
  • What specific traits and experiences do you have that you believe will allow you to be successful, both in ACTCM's degree program and as a future TCM practitioner?

Please email to daom@ciis.edu or mail to:

ACTCM Admissions Office
455 Arkansas Street
San Francisco 94107

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